Students to Scale Kilimanjaro for AIDS Clinic, Awareness
Monday, December 1, 20083 Comments
The trained team departs December 14th, and hopes to return on the 28th provided all goes well.
To date, around $15,000 has been raised via an initiative called "Climb to End AIDS." The funds are to be distributed to the Masai Project for an AIDS clinic in Lesotho.
"About 8,000 people die of AIDS every day," said team leader Lauren Wallace, a second-year U of G student. "We care so much that we're willing to climb a mountain for it."
Also on the team are students Normand Doan, Taryn Guldborg and Richard Gilbert, as well as Cathy Wallace, Lauren Wallace's aunt and a Hamilton police officer.
It is estimated that 33 million people globally have the disease, with 2/3 people with HIV living in sub-Saharan Africa.
"Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is going to be challenging, but I'm hoping I'll come out of it a stronger person — body and mind," said Guldborg. "I know that I'll definitely be missing my family during Christmas, but I'm hoping that the view from the summit on Christmas Day will be worth the separation."